Project Overview

Our work in Rwanda is a response to a fundamental question that arises in the aftermath of genocide: after such violence, how can two groups that continue to live together build a better, non violent future?


When one group has victimized another, or when there has been mutual victimization by two groups, if the groups continue to live near each other, reconciliation is essential both to facilitate healing and to stop a potentially continuing cycle of violence. As reconciliation begins, it increases security and makes healing more possible. As healing progresses, reconciliation becomes more possible. This is a cycle in which progress in one realm fosters progress in the other. Ultimately, processes of healing and reconciliation contribute to the prevention of future violence.


We are offering a program that will augment and enhance the healing and reconciliation efforts underway in Rwanda. This program builds on decades of research and practice regarding the dynamics of violence and healing, from a personal to a societal level.


In our seminars, we present brief psycho-educational lectures on the origins of genocide, the psychological impact of trauma, avenues to healing, and the prevention of future violence. We believe that understanding the origins of genocide and violence in general on the one hand, and psychological trauma and healing on the other hand, will promote both healing and reconciliation. In discussions and exercises, participants are invited to apply the concepts they have learned to challenging issues within the context of their work.


Over the past four years, we have worked with trauma counselors, community leaders, government leaders, journalists and others. Each of these groups has found ways to integrate their learning into their work.




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Trauma Research, Education, and Training Institute, Inc.

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